NLGJA will honor radio host Diane Rehm for her exemplary coverage of the LGBT community, and for bringing LGBT issues to a mainstream audience. In the past year, she’s covered marriage, both progress and regression on gay rights and the emergence of transgender rights. Her guests have included David Boies and Theodore Olson, who argued the Proposition 8 case before the U.S. Supreme Court; Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality; Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry; Jonathan Rauch, author of “Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America”; and Sarah Warbelow, legal director of Human Rights Campaign.
Rehm, who is celebrating her 35th year at the helm of “The Diane Rehm Show” on WAMU in Washington, D.C., has long been known for her thoughtful interviews on topics that affect daily life, talking to politicians, authors and activists in a range of fields. Earlier this year, she was honored by the White House with the National Humanities Award, who said her “keen insights and boundless curiosity have deepened our understanding of our culture and ourselves.”
Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which sparked debate around religious exemptions from laws, Rehm hosted a show that discussed whether the ruling would affect the LGBT community and if religious organizations can be exempt from anti-discrimination laws that protect individuals based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
This summer, Rehm hosted a discussion about transgender identities and issues, with Keisling plus a doctor from a health care service with many LGBT clients, a gender specialist who works with schools on gender-inclusive learning environments and the TIME reporter who wrote “The Transgender Tipping Point.”